Monday, 29 October 2007

Fried Rice with Prawns and Vegetables

It was the start of the week...and what a miserable day it was.......Elsa was off to school after a week of school break and Mr Dudwey was off for a 2 weeks business trip to the far east.
The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter and it started to rain today.

I am left with what looked like a disaster area that we called home!!
My lawn is littered with leaves, mine and the neighbours, and itching to be raked. Just have to remind meself not to do it too early in the morning, or the neighbour will be none too pleased.

I will have to forgo my ritualistic trip to the gym as the house was in such dire need of a good housekeeping. Enough said.

For dinner, we wanted something simple, everything in a plate sort of dish, so that we can curled up in front of the TV was movie night for Elsa and me. Thank God it was not the High School Musical.... 

Fried Rice with Prawns and Vegetables 
2 cups cooked rice
200 g prawns, skinned and deveined
1 garlic clove, minced
3 spring (green) onions
Chinese cabbage
1/2 cup green peas
2 eggs
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 - 2 tbsp dark sweet soy sauce
1 - 2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 - 2 tsp sesame oil

Heat up a wok under high heat. Add in minced garlic.

Put in the prawns and stir-fry until just cooked. Add in spring onions, cabbages and peas.

Add in the sesonings and rice.

Remove from the heat and serve with omelette. 

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche 
Short crust pastry, homemade or frozen
450 g asparagus
1 large sweet onion, sliced
6 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, finely sliced
5 large eggs
200 ml cream
50 ml milk
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven at 160 C
Blind bake shortcrust pastry in a 10 inch flan dish until golden brown.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook asparagus until tender-crisp, about 1 minute. Drain. Plunge into cold water. Drain again.

In nonstick frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat; cook onions until soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

In bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Stir in asparagus, sun dried tomatoes and onion mixture. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake in centre of oven until knife inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting. 

Thursday, 25 October 2007


As we were heading back home, we decided to do a little stopover in this little known town called Dinant in Provincie Namur in Belgium.

The only thing we knew about this place was there is an enormous citadel surrounding the town and that meant more uphill climbing on foot for us. Well....I wanted to lose those inches, so, I shouldn't whine, but why not...nobody's gonna stop me.....

So, off we went with the song "Climb Every Mountain" (aiyaa... I'm showing my age) playing in my head to conquer this pretty steep walk way with really loose gravel, to top it off.

The view from the top was magnificent. One can really enjoy the full view of Dinant from here with the river Meuse flowing towards the distant horizon.

After all that effort, I later found out that there is an easier way to get up to the top of the fort.....they have CABLE-CAR!!!! Oh, well, maybe next time.....